AIDS Walk & Run Quilt Panel Request
Each year, the National AIDS Memorial works with hundreds of partners across the country to orchestrate more than 1,000 displays in schools, universities, places of worship, corporations and community centers. On World AIDS Day, December 1st, sections of the Quilt are displayed in communities across the country.
Panel making remains an important element of the Quilt, as new panels continue to be made.
Today, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is an epic 54-ton tapestry that includes nearly 50,000 panels dedicated to more than 110,000 individuals. It is the premiere symbol of the AIDS pandemic, a living memorial to a generation lost to AIDS and an important HIV prevention education tool. With hundreds of thousands of people contributing their talents to making the memorial panels, and tens of thousands of volunteers to help display it, the Quilt is considered the largest community arts project in history.
As the Quilt marks 35 years since the first names were hand-sewn and stitched into panels as a way to remember loved ones and as an act of activism to demand health and social justice, now more than ever, the National AIDS Memorial relies on support from individual donations and other partners to ensure the Quilt is preserved, protected and able to be shared through community display programs to the lessons of the AIDS pandemic can be taught to future generations. Colorado Health Network is honored to display eight panels from the National AIDS Memorial Quilt at AIDS Walk & Run Colorado 2023.